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S9 - A Skeptic's Guide to American History - (Railton)

  • 07/08/2019
  • 07/22/2019
  • 5 sessions
  • 07/08/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/10/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/15/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/17/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 07/22/2019, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • AC La Maison Salon
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Course Description:  American history is still often taught and understood through the lens of American exceptionalism.  The alternative can seem like a litany of abuses and horrors. Somewhere in between lies the truth; a history full of dark and divisive events and moments, but also of impressive and inspiring stories and figures.  In this class we will examine a handful of focal histories to consider both sides, and model how a skeptic can approach and engage the worst and best of American history. Topics to be focused on include: the Puritans, the Revolution, the Frontier, Women’s Suffrage, and the Greatest Generation.

No Required Books

Group Leader:  Ben Railton is Professor of English Studies and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He is the author of five books, most recently, We the People: The 500-Year Battle over Who is an American. He writes a daily American Studies blog and the biweekly “Considering History” column for the Saturday Evening Post online.

Course fee:  $40.00

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